Alice Springs Reptile Centre is home to the largest display of reptiles in the Northern Territory, exhibiting over thirty species of Northern Territory reptiles. The Centre was founded by Rex Neindorf, and opened in 2000. Reptiles at the Centre include Saltwater Crocodiles, the Perentie (Australia’s largest lizard), Thorny Devils, Frill Neck Lizards, various Pythons and some of Australia’s (and the world’s) most deadly snakes including Inland Taipans, Death Adders, Brown Snakes and Mulga Snakes. One of the most popular exhibits is the Saltwater Crocodile display which opened in 2002. The exhibit has both above and below water viewing areas allowing you to get a close look at this amazing reptile.
Every day there are various reptile talks and feeding sessions, and opportunities to hold some of the more docile reptiles. Talks are conducted at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm daily. The Fossil Cave Exhibition contains replicas of fossil specimens showing the reptiles that once inhabited Australia.
School groups are catered for with guided tours of the Reptile Centre, education and awareness, and opportunities to handle reptiles. Reptile Awareness courses provided by to corporations, agencies and resorts on reptile awareness and first-aid techniques. The Reptile Centre also provides a service to photographers, television and film crews by making a range of reptile species available for photo shoots and film shoots. Reptiles from Alice Springs Reptile Centre have featured in several publications and film and TV shows including Filming an Olive Python (National Geographic), American Visa card (TV commercial), Animal Hospital (Channel 9, Australia), Untamed Australia (documentary for the Discovery Channel) and numerous other productions.
The Reptile Centre was in the news in 2008, when a seven-year-old boy broke into the park early one morning and threw ten reptiles into the Saltwater Crocodile enclosure, and bludgeoned other lizards to death. Reptiles killed included four Western blue-tongued lizards, two bearded dragons, two thorny devils, a goanna and a turtle.
Alice Springs Reptile Centre is located at 9 Stuart Terrace, Alice Springs, opposite the Royal Flying Doctors Service, and backing on to Billy Goat Hill reserve. The Reptile Centre is open from daily from 9:30am to 5pm. During the winter the best viewing time is between 11am and 3pm when the reptiles will be at their most active.